It might be confusing for you to separate the development that happens during adolescence, especially the rapid brain development that is happening, from the changes that are so obvious during those few years of puberty.
Are you a little surprised that your 8-10-year-old son has become more emotional and little more moody recently? This is one of the first signs most parents notice that something is beginning to change in a big way.
If you have an 8-10-year-old son, ask yourself these questions:
- Is my son a little more emotional than in the past?
- Is my son arguing more when I disagree with him?
It may surprise for your 11+ year old son to learn that in just a few years, when he is sexually mature, his testicles can produce about 1,000 sperm every second. The next question he may wonder is what happens to all of those sperm.
When you think back to what you were taught about your female anatomy, starting your first period, and issues with reproduction, there was probably a lot of information missing. Now that you have a child, it can make this a very different experience for them.